Students in kindergarten through the 12th grade are gearing up to showcase their creative artistic talents with the sixth annual Doodle 4 Google.
The theme of this year's contest is "My Best Day Ever..." in which participants can submit drawings that illustrate what their best day looks like for a chance for their artwork to be featured on the popular search engine's homepage. Submissions are limited to one per participant and entries must be received by March 22.
Entries will be judged on artistic merit, creativity, communication and appropriateness.
Google (News - Alert) employees and a panel of celebrity judges, including Katie Couric and director Chris Sanders of "How to Train Your Dragon," will choose the top 50 state winners in May, with the public given the opportunity to vote on their favorites.
On May 22, five national finalists will be announced and the grand winner will get the satisfaction of seeing his or her artwork featured on Google's homepage on May 23 for a full day.
In addition to his or her doodle being featured on the Google, the winning student will also receive a $30,000 college scholarship, a Google Chromebook, a Wacom digital design tablet, a T-shirt featuring their doodle on it and a $50,000 technology grant for their school.
"The type of creativity that comes from children naturally is what I as a professional creative person work at," Ryan Germick, Doodle team lead, said in a statement. "It's awesome to go straight to the source to see children who are inhibited and just express themselves in a creative and fun way."
Dylan Hoffman (News - Alert), a seven-year old from Wisconsin, won last year's contest for his drawing of a pirate scene for the theme "If I Could Travel in Time, I'd Visit..."
Students, according to Germick, don't need to be prodigy artists to win the competition.
"It's really about how you answer the theme and create something that's really striking," Germick said. "It doesn't take an M.F.A. in studio art to make something that's fun, beautiful and moving."
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Edited by Braden Becker